Execution of Captain Henry Wirz

This photograph shows Major Russell reading the death warrant. He told Henry Wirz he "deplored this duty." Wirz replied that: "I know what orders are, Major- and I am being hung for obeying them." He was the warden of the Andersonville prison camp and was sentenced to hang "for impairing the health and destroying the lives of prisoners." Wirz was the only Confederate officer executed as a war criminal.

Date:
November 10, 1865
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES15524
Photographer:
Alexander Gardner
Height:
1382px
Width:
2203px
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